The clinic will be held on Monday, January 29th.
FREDERICK, MD (January 26, 2018) — The Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) will host a free flu vaccination clinic for children ages 6 months to 17 years on Monday, January 29, 2018. Only the injectable (the shot) vaccine will be available. The clinic will be held at the health department, 350 Montevue Lane, Frederick MD, from 1pm to 6:30pm. Flu vaccinations will be available on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary. This clinic is made possible through a grant from the Maryland Department of Health.
FCHD does not have flu vaccine available for adults 18 years of age and older. Adults are advised to contact their healthcare provider or obtain a flu vaccine at one of the many locations in the community such as pharmacies and grocery stores. Visit https://vaccinefinder.org/ to find flu vaccinations in your zip code.
Influenza-like illnesses are at the highest reported intensity with documented influenza cases widespread throughout our area and the rest of Maryland. Getting your flu vaccine is the best way to prevent getting the flu and possible complications from flu. Symptoms of the flu usually start suddenly and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue.
People most susceptible to the flu and its complications include:
· Children younger than 5 years of age
· People 65 years of age and older
· Pregnant women
· People with health issues such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease
· People who take medication that weaken the immune system such as chemotherapy
If you have the flu or to prevent from getting the flu, you should:
· Stay home from school or work if you are sick until you are free of a fever for 24 hours without taking medication to lower the fever
· Contact your healthcare provider for anti-viral medication and call your healthcare provider before going to the office as they may give you special instructions
· Cover your cough and sneeze with your arm or use a tissue and wash your hands
If you are currently healthy, you can protect yourself if you:
· Get vaccinated!
· Avoid being around sick people
· Wash your hands with soap and water. If not available, use a hand sanitizer
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Additional information about flu can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website www.cdc.gov/flu.